Nov 7, 2019

Newly created role for an Advisor with an emphasis on research synthesis based in Sydney or Melbourne

The Role:

The primary role of the Advisor is to manage and deliver a portfolio of CEI projects in the area of research and evidence synthesis. This is a 2-year full-time contract (shorter term fixed contracts will be considered).

Key Responsibilities:

Evidence synthesis responsibilities and activities

  • managing the implementation and on-time delivery of evidence synthesis projects and products, or components of projects, depending on project size
  • designing and implementing searches of electronic social science, health and education bibliographic databases
  • designing and/or contributing to the design of systematic evidence synthesis methods or hybrid systematic methods to meet client scope
  • undertaking a range of hybrid evidence synthesis approaches such as rapid evidence synthesis, evidence scans and scoping reviews using the most rigorous methods possible (given scope and project resources)
  • undertaking systematic evidence reviews using Cochrane or Campbell Collaboration guidance comprising evidence screening using tools such as Covidence, data extraction and quality assessment using standard ratings tools
  • analaysis and dissemination of evidence synthesis findings at conferences, seminars and internal knowledge learning sessions as well as producing project reports (technical and summary), evidence briefings and gap maps, newsletter and website briefings, social media posts, and peer-reviewed publication submissions, tailored to diverse audiences across government, philanthropy, not for profit organisations and private corporations.

Project management responsibilities and activities

  • developing, monitoring and updating project work plans and deliverables for evidence synthesis projects
  • providing training, technical support & advice to research assistant/ support staff in relation to evidence searching, screening, extraction, quality assessment & report drafting
  • developing, supporting and implementing research quality control and assurance processes in evidence synthesis and data management
  • identifying project performance and contract issues related to scope of work and bringing these to the attention of senior staff

CEI business development responsibilities and activities

  • supporting other staff internally on the application of techniques in evidence synthesis
  • undertaking the routine searching, screening and reporting of relevant sources to support CEI projects & business development

What you will bring:

You will be a proactive and enthusiastic team member with a demonstrated ability to solve problems through informed, analytical and critical thinking. Your strong sense of integrity, professional ethics and commitment to evidence informed practice and policymaking will see you build and influence relationships and support the ongoing growth of CEI. Highly developed interpersonal skills will ensure you engage with stakeholders effectively and impart high-level information in a manner clearly understood by all.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking systematic reviews and/or hybrid review approaches (including scoping reviews) and tasks relevant to this such as screening, data extraction, quality assessment, analysis and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in producing evidence review products including evidence reports, evidence summaries or briefs and/or evidence gap maps
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills evidenced in an ability to write for, and present to, a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated experience using project management tools and delivering work within agreed timeframes
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple work priorities simultaneously
  • Graduate degree in health, social science or related discipline
  • Experience in at least 1 of the following content areas: public health, child and social welfare, education, health, housing and homelessness, early years, parenting and families, justice and employment and a willingness to quickly develop expertise in the other areas.

We offer:

  • Agile work environment
  • Competitive salary reflective of skills and experience

The full position description can be found here- Advisor

To apply for this role, please submit your cover letter, resume and a document addressing the selection criteria to

Applications close Sunday 24th November 2019.

We know diversity makes a positive difference, and we encourage people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please note: The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is founded by Save the Children Australia. Being a child-safe organisation, all employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check, and sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.